Traditional crime ‘is coming to cyberspace’
Telegraph, September 9, 2014
Cybercrime has historically focused on causing disruption in cyberspace, but Eugene Kaspersky,
founder of Kaspersky Lab, tells Sophie Curtis that traditional ‘real world‘ criminals are also moving online.
The distinction between real-world crime and cybercrime is becoming increasingly blurred. In the past, thieves, robbers and
fraudsters would rely on knives and guns to get the job done; today they are more likely to use phishing scams,
denial-of-service attacks and trojans.
Traditionally, the purpose of these cyber attacks has been either to steal data, which can be sold on the dark
web for financial gain, to steal money directly, or to sabotage the computer systems of a company or organisation
in the pursuit of some political, social or moral cause.
However, a new and far more dangerous type of cybercrime is emerging — the use of carefully targeted malware
to support traditional crime.